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Social and environmental processes that accompany the construction of Belo Monte hydroelectric dam, Altamira, PA


The broad objective of this study is to examine the impact of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam on the regional environment, economy, and health of the human population. It will also constitute a contribution to the area of science known as Human Ecology or environmental social science. The study does not represent an isolated case study because 147 other dams are planned in the Amazon Basin, 69 of them in the Brazilian Amazon. Many countries see dams as a solution to their energy needs. The themes to be investigated represent challenges to science: how to respond to the rapid increase in infectious disease, to the rapid increase in the human population with its accompanying sanitation, residential space, and food supply problems. How to respond to the charging employment situation in the area? And how to address the changes in land use and investment in regional development? How to guarantee long term sustainable development? The project will use innovative methods such as re-interviews via cellphone each year to address the high mobility of the population studied, and it will use high resolution satellite remote sensing images to quantify the changes in land use and the changing settlement patterns. The results will have immediate utility to local agencies who are eager to see the results and reduce the risks to the population from this boom/bust situation particularly in the areas of health and regional planning of services. (AU)

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Energía Insostenible 
Unsustainable energy 
La misión de pensar el futuro de la ciencia 
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Scientific publications (9)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
CALVI, MIQUEIAS FREITAS; MORAN, EMILIO F.; BICUDO DA SILVA, RAMON FELIPE; BATISTELLA, MATEUS. The construction of the Belo Monte dam in the Brazilian Amazon and its consequences on regional rural labor. LAND USE POLICY, v. 90, JAN 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
EMILIO FEDERICO MORAN. Changing how we build hydropower infrastructure for the common good: lessons from the Brazilian Amazon. Civitas - Revista de Ciências Sociais, v. 20, n. 1, p. 5-15, Abr. 2020.
MÁRCIA GRISOTTI; EMILIO FEDERICO MORAN. Os novos desafios do desenvolvimento na região amazônica. Civitas - Revista de Ciências Sociais, v. 20, n. 1, p. 1-4, Abr. 2020.
LI, GUIYING; LU, DENGSHENG; MORAN, EMILIO; CALVI, MIQUEIAS FREITAS; DUTRA, LUCIANO VIEIRA; BATISTELLA, MATEUS. Examining deforestation and agropasture dynamics along the Brazilian TransAmazon Highway using multitemporal Landsat imagery. GIScience & Remote Sensing, v. 56, n. 2, p. 161-183, FEB 17 2019. Web of Science Citations: 3.
MORAN, EMILIO F.; LOPEZ, MARIA CLAUDIA; MOORE, NATHAN; MUELLER, NORBERT; HYNDMAN, DAVID W. Sustainable hydropower in the 21st century. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, v. 115, n. 47, p. 11891-11898, NOV 20 2018. Web of Science Citations: 29.
JIANG, XIANDIE; LU, DENGSHENG; MORAN, EMILIO; CALVI, MIQUEIAS FREITAS; DUTRA, LUCIANO VIEIRA; LI, GUIYING. Examining impacts of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam construction on land-cover changes using multitemporal Landsat imagery. APPLIED GEOGRAPHY, v. 97, p. 35-47, AUG 2018. Web of Science Citations: 7.
CASTRO-DIAZ, LAURA; LOPEZ, MARIA CLAUDIA; MORAN, EMILIO. Gender-Differentiated Impacts of the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Dam on Downstream Fishers in the Brazilian Amazon. Human Ecology, v. 46, n. 3, p. 411-422, JUN 2018. Web of Science Citations: 5.
BRO, ANISEH S.; MORAN, EMILIO; CALVI, MIQUEIAS FREITAS. Market Participation in the Age of Big Dams: The Belo Monte Hydroelectric Dam and Its Impact on Rural Agrarian Households. SUSTAINABILITY, v. 10, n. 5 MAY 2018. Web of Science Citations: 2.
FENG, YUNYUN; LU, DENGSHENG; MORAN, EMILIO F.; DUTRA, LUCIANO VIEIRA; CALVI, MIQUEIAS FREITAS; FALCAO DE OLIVEIRA, MARIA ANTONIA. Examining Spatial Distribution and Dynamic Change of Urban Land Covers in the Brazilian Amazon Using Multitemporal Multisensor High Spatial Resolution Satellite Imagery. REMOTE SENSING, v. 9, n. 4 APR 2017. Web of Science Citations: 16.
Academic Publications
(References retrieved automatically from State of São Paulo Research Institutions)
MORAN, Emilio Federico. Productive (re)organization and landscape changes under the influence of Belo Monte hydroelectric power plant. 2019. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas.

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